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What Washington got for Boeing’s $305 million tax break

Tax Reform Tax and Budget

John Burbank | May 4, 2016

Last week Boeing reported that it had skipped out on $305 million in taxes in 2015. Back in 2013, the Legislature enacted a special Boeing exemption from business taxes. The legislative intent was to keep jobs in Washington. But that was not written into the tax exemption bill. So in spite of, or maybe becaus

What we got for Boeing’s $305M break

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| John Burbank | May 4, 2016 | Everett Herald

Petition calls for taxing Olympia’s wealthiest households to create college fund

Education Higher Education Tax Reform Tax and Budget

Economic Opportunity Institute | April 15, 2016

[via The Olympian] A petition is circulating for a new ordinance that would tax Olympia’s wealthiest households to generate college tuition money for all local high school graduates. Backed by a volunteer group called Opportunity for Olympia, the proposal calls for creating a 1.5 percent tax on household inco

Petition calls for taxing Olympia’s wealthiest households to create college fund

Education Higher Education Tax Reform Tax and Budget

| April 15, 2016 | The Olympian

Eyman has one thing right: lower sales tax

Tax Reform Tax and Budget

| John Burbank | November 18, 2015 | Everett Herald

The polls may tell us we’re divided on who to vote for, but in our hearts I think we all want similar things: to ensure kids can get a strong start in life, to have a college degree or a professional trade to be within everyone’s reach, to have clean and safe places to play; and to live in safe and vibrant ne

Eyman has it partly right: Lower the sales tax. The rest…needs some work.

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John Burbank | November 18, 2015

The polls may tell us we’re divided on who to vote for, but in our hearts I think we all want similar things: to ensure kids can get a strong start in life, to have a college degree or a professional trade to be within everyone’s reach, to have clean and safe places to play; and to live in safe and vibrant ne

The cost of higher education in WA hasn’t increased much, but the price has gone up — here’s why

Education Higher Education Tax Reform Tax and Budget

Aaron Keating | September 3, 2015

Adjusted for inflation, the total cost of higher education hasn’t changed much since the mid-1990’s. But the state’s share of that cost has dropped like a stone. Tuition and fees have increased to make up for state funding cuts — putting college out of reach for thousands of Washington’s high school graduate

How Washington is pricing thousands of high school graduates out of college

Education Higher Education Tax Reform Tax and Budget

Aaron Keating | September 2, 2015

Affordable higher education was once a hallmark of living Washington state — but no more. Sure, tuition will drop a bit in 2015-16, but so will funding for state financial aid. And even adjusted for inflation, the cost of tuition and fees has skyrocketed. The Economic Opportunity Institute’s analysis of data

State income tax would fix school funding and much more

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John Burbank | August 26, 2015

Twelve days ago the State Supreme Court found that the Legislature is in “ongoing violation of its constitutional obligation to amply provide for public education.” It imposed a $100,000-a-day fine until a funding plan for this obligation has been satisfied. That adds up to about $3 million a month, which may

To meet the education funding challenge, Washington needs a progressive income tax

Education K-12 Education State Economy Tax Reform Tax and Budget

Marilyn Watkins | August 21, 2015

The Washington State Supreme Court found  the State in “ongoing violation of its constitutional obligation to amply provide for public education.”  On August 13, 2015, the Court imposed a $100,000-a-day fine on the state until a satisfactory plan to meet this obligation has been adopted. Washington underfunds

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